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8 Pages

Introduction

WithNancy C.M. Hartsock

The history of the feminist movement, with its initial distrust of leadership and fear of power, it is an especially important topic for feminist theory to address. In the contemporary context, with attention focused on multiplicity, interlocking and crosscutting patterns on the one hand, and the complete triumph of market ideology on the other, attention to issues of systematic relations of power becomes both more difficult to sustain and more crucial. There were debates about whether political science was a science like physics or whether social sciences were inherently inferior. During the summer of 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to Chicago to show that prejudice was not just a Southern problem, and Chicago and its suburbs proved him right. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.